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Mercedes Benz F 015: The car of the future is already here

The Mercedes Benz F015 could well be the car of the future, the car that doesn’t need to be driven.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Las Vegas |
Updated: January 10, 2015 3:18:50 pm
Mercedes Benz F 015, Mercedes Benz F 015 ces 2015, ces 2015 news The Mercedes Benz F015 is already on the roads. (Source: Reuters)

The Mercedes Benz F015 could well be the car of the future, the car that doesn’t need to be driven. And the most fascinating thing about this concept car is that it is already on the roads, having secured permits to drive in the US state of Nevada.

Gary Shapiro (L), president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, steps out of the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. (Source: Reuters) Gary Shapiro (L), president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, steps out of the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. (Source: Reuters)

The concept behind the new Merc is Luxury in Motion, pretty much about why bother to drive when the car, and the technology in it, can do it for you. That does not mean the car can’t be driven manually, but it also means the car could completely revolutionise the way we sit and spend time in a vehicle.

Powered by a mix of high performance batteries and hydrogen cells, the F015’s hybrid system promises a range of up to 1,100 km.

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury CEs 2015 The Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car is pictured on-stage during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. (Source: Reuters)

Like other cars from the German auto giant, the F 015 will have a body shell structure that promises impact protection while providing space for the concept door and face-to-face communication oriented seating. In fact, the car has six displays running through the instrument panel, rear and sides allowing the passengers to communicate with the car using gestures and touch. And since there is not much driving involved in the car, it will have lounge chairs instead of bucket seats.

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If you thought all this was more concept than car then you will sure be surprised when we tell you that the first prototype is already running on the streets of Las Vegas and was driven in for the CES keynote address.

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First published on: 10-01-2015 at 03:09:22 pm

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